Traditional Irish Music
In late 2015 we covered a new folk band that had just formed in Galway called The Living Stream. What started out as a rather simple project to record some demo tracks in a Galway studio, developed into something much more involved. Brian Kelly was the driving force behind the project and explained that “the plan was to record a handful of tunes with a group of traditional Irish session musicians. As people turned up and plugged in, one by one, a spark was lit. Simple ideas quickly became full songs, and that handful of tunes began to feel and sound like an album that had to be made.”
One year on and The Living Stream are launching the album on Sunday February 26th at The Workman's Club Dublin. We will also launch the album on Tradconnect and make it available as a free download for broadcasters. The outcome according to Brian is “an album that oozes modern Ireland”. Their experimental approach to the recording process which took place outside any commercial pressures, gave them a creative freedom that might not otherwise have existed. The result according to Brian is a “fresh new sound in an old traditional style. It is the perfect platform for a thoughtful and measured critique of Ireland today.”
“With rolling rhythms come protest songs, love songs, nostalgic songs and deeply touching personal songs - a soundtrack to modern Ireland. The whole album is an intricate and forceful piece of work. It is due for release in November.”
The first single from it, called 'Grand Canal Dock' was released as a free download in September on their Bandcamp page. We also featured their debut video which is included below.
When asked about the origin of this song Brian said that he "wanted to try and capture the overall tone that pervaded the country post-crash - the sense of uneasiness and frustration that was felt by so many". He said he “didn't want it to come across as angry and finger pointy he insists. Grand Canal Dock, like the album as a whole, has a calmness to it that is far better suited to getting a point across. And it's sounds a lot better too!” he says.
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